Cesar with Chievo in 2013
|Full name||Boštjan Cesar|
|Date of birth||9 July 1982|
|Place of birth||Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2001||→ Croatia Sesvete (loan)||8||(0)|
|2005||→ Olimpija (loan)||9||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||20||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2017
He has played professionally in his homeland, Croatia, France, England and Italy. With 100 caps since his debut in 2003, he is Slovenia's most capped player of all time, and represented them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Cesar signed a three year-deal with Olympique de Marseille in 2005. He joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan in August 2007, with a view to a permanent move. He made his debut for Albion in a 1–0 League Cup victory over Bournemouth on 14 August 2007. His league debut came more than two months later when Albion beat Blackpool 2–1 on 23 October 2007. He scored his only Albion goal on 2 February 2008 in a 2–1 win against Burnley. Cesar made 24 appearances for Albion in all competitions, but returned to Marseille at the end of the season after Baggies boss Tony Mowbray decided against pursuing a permanent deal for the player.
He signed a two year-deal with Grenoble Foot 38 in January 2009 and scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance; a 1–1 draw against Girondins de Bordeaux. In May 2010, Chievo announced the capture of his signature on free transfer, and he officially joined them on 1 July. On 31 May 2011 he signed a new 2-year contract.
Cesar made his international debut on 12 February 2003, playing the entirety of a 1–5 friendly defeat to Switzerland in Nova Gorica. On 9 October 2004 he scored his first international goal to defeat Italy in a World Cup qualifier; it was Italy's only defeat as they went on to win the World Cup.
On 15 November 2014 he made his 81st appearance for the national team, surpassing Zlatko Zahovič as their most capped player of all time. He is the current captain.
On 8 October 2017, Cesar became the first Slovenian to earn 100 international caps, in a 2–2 home draw with Scotland in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. He was sent off at the end of the match.
- Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
|1.||9 October 2004||Arena Petrol, Celje, Slovenia||Italy||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||11 October 2006||Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||1–1||2–4||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|3.||3 March 2010||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||Qatar||2–0||4–1||Friendly|
|4.||17 November 2010||Bonifika, Koper, Slovenia||Georgia||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|5.||15 August 2012||Stožice, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Romania||1–0||4–3||Friendly|
|6.||7 June 2013||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||3–2||4–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||5 September 2015||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||2–0||2–3||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|8.||12 October 2015||San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|9.||17 November 2015||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||Ukraine||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|10.||4 September 2016||LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania||Lithuania||2–2||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Olympique de Marseille
West Bromwich Albion
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- "Cesar e Chievo insieme fino al 2013". AC ChievoVerona (in Italian). 31 May 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Slovenia 1-5 Switzerland". eu-football.info. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- Plestenjak, Rok (8 October 2017). "Kaj car ... Kaj kralj ... Cesar!" (in Slovenian). SIOL. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
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